Tumbler Chevron Quilt Tutorial

Chevron Tumbler QT

Tumbler Chevron Quilt: Easy Quilting Tutorial with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. MSQC’s Jenny teaches us how to make a quick and simple variation of the classic chevron quilt using 5 inch squares of precut fabric (charm packs) and the tumbler template.

Get more details here: http://land.missouriquiltco.com/tumbler-chevron-quilt

Transcript (Downloadable PDF Here):

Hi I’m Jenny from the MSQC. And I’ve got a really fun project for you today. I’m calling it the Tumbler Chevron because of the way the pattern plays out. So let’s take a look at this quilt behind me. So you can see here what we’ve done is we’ve staggered our tumblers and we’ve put them, we’ve stacked them in rows like this so it gives this chevron look because it’s a light, dark, light, dark. And it’s just a really fun pattern but that same easy quilt. So let’s talk about how you’re going to do that.


So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is four packs of five inch squares. And we’ve used Let Freedom Ring by Nancy Geer for Windham Fabrics. And it’s just a great summertime fabric. I love the patriotic look. You’re also going to need a yard and a half for your border and your binding. And you’re going to need one of these tumbler templates like this to make it. And that’s going to give you a quilt that’s about 50 by 70 so it’s just a really nice size for those picnics or over your lap when you’re watching fireworks or whatever you’re going to do.


So to make a tumbler quilt, it’s super easy. Basically you’re going to start with your squares. And I’ve got some right here. And you’re just going to lay those out. And you can stack them up. I like to stack maybe, oh I don’t know, maybe four. It really depends on how sharp your blade is and you know how much pressure you’re able to put on your arm and that sort of thing. So I’m stacking four like this. And I’m going to lay my tumbler in here. Now one of the reasons I love our tumblers is because they fit right on the pre cuts. There’s a lot of templates out there but not all of them fit the pre cuts. You’ve got this centered up. It’s side to side, top to bottom. And we’re just going to cut this little edge off right here. So here’s how I do that. I just start from the bottom and move forward. And you can flip your stack around or you can change hands like I just did. And you’re going to have a nice little stack. Let me make sure these are all even on the top and bottom. There we go. Oop let me, let me clean up this little edge too. Now if I had stacked those perfectly I wouldn’t have to do this little part right here. But that’s alright.


Alright so then what you’re going to do to make it easy is you’re going to separate your stacks. And you’re going to put your, you’re going to put your light tumblers in one pile right like this and your darks in one pile. Because this will help you as we start assembling. We’re then going to sew these together in rows. And there’s 14 in a row I believe. Let me, let me count to make sure. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve. Actually 12 in a row, 14 rows. That’s where I got that 14 from. So 12 in a row. And every other row you’re going to start like with a dark and then with a light. And a dark and a light. And a dark and a light. Like that. You’re going to start them so they stagger. Because we want these to stagger.


So one of the easiest ways to do this is to sew your tumblers together in sets of two. So what I like to do to that is I’m going to remember that I always want my dark color on the bottom and I”m going to add the light to the top. Just like this. So we need to sew some of these together so we can make rows. And what I’m going to do is I’m going to take some of these darks like this and I’m going to put my light. I want to show you these because they have to go opposites. So you can see. We’re putting right sides together and we’re going to lay the tumblers as close to edge to edge as we can get. Just like that. See you can barely see any fabric underneath at all. They lay on there very nicely. Then we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch down the side. And if you just put your piles close by your sewing machine then you’ll be able to just stitch a few of those together. So let’s go to the sewing machine and do that.


Alright so what I’m doing here is I’m just putting my foot right along this edge. And we’re just going to sew down the side. And then I’m just going to grab these stacks right here. And I’m going to pull them close so that I can make sure that I have a pile of tumblers. And I’m going to remember to put my dark one on the bottom and my light on the top. Now if you get those mixed up what will happen is you’ll have, you’ll have a place in the middle of your row where you have to add another tumbler. This way you’ll just be able to sew them together two by two by two. Alright let me get a few more of these and we’ll just sew these together. Alright now we’re coming to the last of our set and I think we should have enough for a row here so let me cut these apart. And then we’ll head over and iron them open. There we go. So let’s head to the ironing board.


What I like to do for these is I like to put my dark on the top, set my seam and just roll them back. And we’re just going to press all these open, every single one. Alright so once you get all your little pieces ironed then we get to set these out in rows. Now I have sewed several rows together right over here. So let’s take a look at the piece I’ve got. So here we go. And then we want to take our, the pieces we’ve sewn together and we want to stagger them and stack them. So they’re opposites. So for instance like this right here. This is how this is going to go right here. So I have, I want to make sure that this is in the middle of these. So I need to add another one over here. A light one over here. If I turned this around then they’re identical, they match identically. And we don’t want them to do that. We want them to stack. So we’re going to go ahead over here and I’m going to add another one to this edge right here real quick. And then we’re going to be able to layout this whole row. So sometimes you get a row that just fits in there perfect and sometimes like this you have to make a little adjustment. That’s alright. This one just needed one added onto the front because it’s the, it’s the staggering and the stacking that really makes, gives this quilt, you know, a little bit of the oo, ah factor. Alright let me iron this open here.


Alright so now we’re ready to make our row. So now we can just take our pieces and put them in here like this. We want to kind of stagger our colors so that we have not any of the two same colors. Light blues with reds and that sort of thing. And then we’re going to need to add another dark to this one right here. Just like that. So let’s add this. There we go. And then basically we get to sew this row together. Alright so what we’re going to do now is I’m just going to put a pin in these pieces like this. I’m going to line them up right here where I’ve got them because I like the way they look and I don’t really want them to move. And I’m just going to go ahead and lay a pin, put a pin in here. Bring this over here. And I’m going to do the same thing to this one. I know this is a bit more pinning than you guys usually see me do. But this actually saves me from having to go back and forth, and back and forth. There we go. And one more little piece.

And then I can just go sit down at the sewing machine and sew. Alright so let’s put this row together. And we’re just going to come and I like to take my pin out and then realign them to make sure they match up edge to edge. So ahead and sew them down. Now we’ve got our rows sewn together let’s go press it out. And I do like to iron from the top. Make sure there’s no folds or creases in there. And then what we need to do is we need to take a look at our, oop we’ve got to turn this around. Don’t panic if you, if you get it on there and it doesn’t look right. Just flip it around and make sure how it goes. Now one of the things that we have to do to add our rows is we have to straighten off this edge right here. So you can see on the edge of these right here, this is nice and straight. It’s because we’ve trimmed that. And we need to go ahead and trim this one. So we want to save as much material as possible. So what we’re going to do is I am going to line my ruler up with the very edge of the, down here. Here let me get over here so I can show you better. You’ll be able to see this. So this is how our tumbler goes is like this. And this is where we want to cut so we’re going to use a regular ruler. Now I’m going to line this up on my mat so that the point of this tumbler comes right here in this square. And this is lined up right here straight across this bottom. So it’s straight and we’re just going to cut that tiny little edge off and that will straighten it up for us. So here we go. Here’s this one. And then we’re going to do it to the other side as well.  So again I’m going to find a corner I can nestle this piece in right here. Make sure that this is straight along the bottom there. And just trim off that little corner. This is all we’re taking off is that tiny little piece right there. You know we want no waste. We don’t want any waste. So then what we’re going to do is we’re going to lay this on here and we want to make sure that these stack. That we have opposites stacking and that our tumblers are going this way and this way. Sometimes when we put tumblers together. We match them up like this. We don’t want to do that. If your, if your pieces, your top and bottom seams are lining up you want them going to other way. So now we have this cool row in here. We can just put it on here and pin it together and sew our row down. So let me just pin this edge right here. And as you go along you just want to make sure that you kind of stay centered up on your, on your tumblers. So let’s go over to the sewing machine and sew that down.


Alright. Let’s iron this open. And we have the start of a whole new quilt. So once you get your rows all ironed you just need to keep adding them. So I’ve got four here. You’re going to make a total of 14. You’re going to make your rows. You’re going to keep adding them on the bottom. And then you’re going to get this awesome quilt like this. A little bit of border. A little bit of binding and you are good to go. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Tumbler Chevron from the MSQC.

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  • Siouxzq

    Does anyone know how I can save this tut, or even better…print it out?

    • Blissterful

      It states above that a Video Transcript is coming. If you go to YouTube’s site, you may be able to print the transcript now.

  • Jane Ellen Ryder

    could you use the mini tumbler and use baby fabric and make it into a baby quilt or even to make a lap quilt?

  • Sherry Rupe

    Is there a printed version of this pattern somewhere?